April 18, 2014
NC State's Nazmi Albadawi signed a professional contract with Cary's Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League, joining the list of former RailHawks U-23's to join the RailHawks professional side.
Albadawi wrapped up his outstanding career in Wolfpack red with a golden goal in the 92nd minute at No. 10 North Carolina, lifting the Pack to a season-ending 1-0 win over the Tar Heels.
"We couldn't be happier for Naz to reach this goal and realize his dream to play professionally," said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. "He has worked very hard and his drive and determination have helped him get where he is today. We expect him to have a great professional career and look forward to watching him play with our local professional team, the Carolina Railhawks."
Since 2012, Albadawi becomes the 12th former RailHawks U-23's player to join the RailHawks and made his professional debut last Saturday in the RailHawks' 1-1 tie with Indy Eleven.
"Nazmi fits the mold of young players that we are looking for," said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. "He's a talented player, great in the locker room, great in the community and is familiar with what we do from his time with the U-23's. His ability to play a number of different attacking roles brings versatility to the attack and I look forward to seeing him take on opposing defenders."
Albadawi was an All-South and All-ACC player in his senior season at NC State. In three seasons, the Raleigh native scored 17 goals and recorded 11 assists.
Albadawi spent the past two summers with the RailHawks U-23's, capturing the USASA U-23 Men's Cup National Championship in 2013. In the championship match, the attacker added a goal and assist in the RailHawks U-23's victory.